The Best of the Shortest
a Southern Writers Reading Reunion
edited by
Suzanne Hudson
Available for

ISBN 978-1-60489-352-6, Trade Paper, $19.95


“This collection is quite positively on fire with humor and heartache, darkness and light, and countless blazing turns of phrase. An essential addition to every Southern reader’s collection. I have known and admired a fair number of writers in these pages for a long time but seeing their work all together like this fills me up with love, love, love.”

Michael Knight, Eveningland, winner of a Truman Capote Award, a NYTimes editor’s pick, and a Southern Book of the Year (Southern Living Magazine).


Short stories from the following authors are included:

Marlin Barton + Rick Bragg + Sonny Brewer + Doug Crandell

+ Pia Z. Ehrhardt + David Wright Faladé + Beth Ann Fennelly

+ Joe Formichella + Patricia Foster + Tom Franklin + Robert

Gatewood + Jason Headley + Jim Gilbert + Frank Turner

Hollon + Suzanne Hudson + Joshilyn Jackson + Bret Anthony

Johnston + Abbott Kahler + Doug Kelley + Cassandra King +

Suzanne Kingsbury + Dawn Major + Bev Marshall + Michael

Morris + Janet Nodar + Jennifer Paddock + Theodore Pitsios

+ Lynn Pruett + Ron Rash + Michelle Richmond + R. P. Safire

+ Dayne Sherman + George Singleton + Robert St. John +

Sidney Thompson + Daniel Wallace + Daren Wang + James

Whorton, Jr. + Mac Walcott + Karen Spears Zacharias

Cover photo: Maude Schuyler Clay




About the Editor:

Suzanne Hudson has authored several novels and two story collections. She spoke and read at every Southern Writers Reading event in Fairhope. She and Joe Formichella are currently working on a novel.